Blake had his plan. He had saved and patiently sought out the best deal available. He was finally going to own a boat. It had been a difficult endeavor. Every time he was ready to seal a deal, the door slammed shut. Someone else beat him to it, his truck had a flat, or one of his kids had an event. After he purchased the boat, it had one problem after another. He was sunk! What was happening?!
Sometimes we are so set on our plan, we forget to seek God’s will for our life. Whether we are flat out on the wrong path or going the wrong direction, God may be trying to get our attention. I am not saying we should not own a boat or that every problem is evidence that we have done something wrong. Many times, trials are simply opportunities for spiritual growth. But, when we feel like we’re being swamped by a surge of continuous whitecaps, we may want to stop and re-evaluate our decisions and plans. Continuing to sail onward in stubbornness causes us to miss out on God’s peace and blessings.
Instead, we should go to the ultimate Planner. “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart’” (Jeremiah 29:11-13). And, remember to, “… seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:33). Hmm, may we plan on seeking His plan.